Baseball: Colts Neck defeats Southern Regional in first Ram Diamond Classic final
Colts Neck High School scored nine runs in the fourth inning on its way to winning the inaugural Ram Diamond Classic title on Saturday at Southern Regional.
Southern's Mark Heslin hit a two-run triple in the third inning.
Colts Neck's Jordan Gonzalez was named tournament Most Valuable Player after going 5-for-7 with two home runs and two walks in the team's two games.
Colts Neck 010 900 0-10 10 2
Southern Regional 002 000 1-3 3 2
2B-Kleinstein CN. 3B-Kaposcinski CN; Heslin SR.
WP-Warendorf (4-1) 6k. LP-Speziele (1-6) 1k.
Records-Colts Neck 13-10; Southern 5-15.
Southern Regional 4, Cedar Creek 3
Chris Starner's RBI single tied the Ram Diamond Classic semifinal game in the seventh inning before Mark Heslin singled back up the middle for the game-winning run with two outs in the inning.
Jake Galan started the winning rally with a one-out, pinch-hit double and came around to score the tying run.
Cedar Creek 000 000 3-3 7 0
Southern Regional 200 000 2-4 7 0
WP-Sweigart (3-6) 1k. LP-Langlois 4k.
Records-Cedar Creek 13-8; Southern 5-14.
Colts Neck 13, Pinelands Regional 2
All three of Pinelands Regional's hits were doubles by Cory Burke, Erik Schilling and RJ Rodriguez. Colts Neck's Jordan Gonzalez had two home runs in the Ram Diamond Classic semifinal game.
Colts Neck 441 130 0-13 13 2
Pinelands Regional 100 010 0-2 3 5
2B-Kleinstein CN. Burke, Schilling, Rodriguez PR. HR-Gonzalez (2) CN.
WP-Murphy (3-1). LP-Carney (0-2).
Records-Colts Neck ; Pinelands .
Pinelands Regional 5, Cedar Creek 0
Pinelands' Cory Burke got his first win of the season by throwing a complete-game shutout in the Ram Diamond Classic consolation game. Burke gave up five hits and struck out eight. Baily Taylor was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Zach Newman was 3-for-4 for Cedar Creek.
Cedar Creek 000 000 0-0 5 3
Pinelands Regional 011 003 x-5 8 0
WP-Burke (1-2) 8k. LP-Leyva.
Records-Cedar Creek 13-9 ; Pinelands 5-18.
Atlantic Christian 4, Pilgrim Academy 0
Atlantic Christian starter Ben Chapman struck out six in four innings to improve to 6-0. Dan Mercadante and Ronnie Rosso each had two hits and a run scored. Mercadante now has an 11-game hitting streak.
Pilgrim Academy 000 000 0-0 1 4
Atlantic Christian 200 020 x-4 9 1
WP-Chapman (6-0) 6k. LP-Holland 2k.
Records-Pilgrim 7-6; Atlantic Christian 11-1.
Buena Regional 10, Toms River South 0, 5 innings
Sophomore pitcher Sam Fiocchi improved to 9-2 with four strikeouts in the five-inning complete game. Ashley Surran doubled and finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Buena Regional 007 03-10 6 1
Toms River South 000 00-0 1 5
WP-Fiocchi (9-2) 4k. LP-Gabrielle 1k.
Records-Buena 20-4; TRS 14-9.
No. 4 Sacred Heart 2, Middle Township 1
The host Lions, ranked fourth in The Press Elite 11, scored twice in the third inning. Danielle Lugo hit an RBI double to make it 1-0, and Lugo scored on Gabby Castellini's sacrifice fly. Teammate Kyrsten Makos went 2-for-2. Rosie LaGrotta (18-2) was the winning pitcher.
For Middle, Victoria Raffaele was 2-for-3 with a double and a run, and Taylor Franchville went 2-for-3.
Middle Township 000 100 0-1 5 3
Sacred Heart 002 000 x-2 7 0
2B-Raffaele MT. Lugo SH.
WP-LaGrotta 4k (18-2). LP-Sittineri 0k.
Records-Middle 13-8; Sacred Heart 24-3.
Wildwood Catholic 18, Wildwood 8
Jackie DeLong was 3-for-4 with two doubles for Wildwood. No further information about the game was available.